Insulation scheme helps nearly 3,000 homes
A scheme to fit new insulation in homes across Lancashire to alleviate fuel poverty has been declared a success.
Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) has managed to fit out 2,887 qualifying homes in the county so far under a scheme launched in September 2014, Fylde Council has reported.
It has managed to do this by leveraging more than £5.2 million of funding from various bodies, including the Department of Energy and Climate Change and its successor the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, plus energy firms such as NPower, Anesco and SSE.
The Cosy Homes Initiative was launched by local authorities with the aim of enabling properties in their areas to make the most of various government initiatives aimed at installing energy-efficiency measures. As well as loft and cavity wall insulation, this has included new boilers and heating systems, with £2.3 million being spent on the First Time Central Heating initiative, helping 600 households.
Director of public health at Blackpool Council Arif Rajpura said: "The Cosy Homes in Lancashire scheme has and continues to be a huge success for Lancashire residents.
"Previously, parts of Lancashire ranked amongst the highest in the country for fuel poverty and I’m proud to say that the scheme is helping to address this. It’s making a huge difference to people's livelihoods, energy bills and even their health."
The combination of insulation and new heating will bring a range of benefits, from lower bills and reduced emissions to fewer hospital admissions, as people who might otherwise have become ill due to the cold have instead been able to enjoy warm and cosy homes through the winter months.
Other projects to increase home insulation levels in the north-west of England include the Warm Zone programme in Rochdale.
According to Rochdale Online, the council has been fitting insulation in homes in the Spotland, Heywood and Falinge areas of the borough, saving householders as much as £100 a month in heating bills.